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Can climate lawsuits force Big Oil to change its ways?


On Wednesday, March 1 at 19:30 GMT:
Despite vows to move away from oil and gas, fossil fuel companies continue to make record profitsleaving those concerned about the environment wondering if there is anything that could force polluting companies to reform their practices.

Some see a path for change in climate disputes – including one new shareholder lawsuit against Shell that says company executives aren’t moving to renewable energy sources fast enough. The case is the first of its kind to target a company’s board of directors in a climate lawsuit.

In recent years, climate litigation has become an increasingly common strategy to pressure governments and companies to confront their role in the global climate crisis. Such lawsuits often argue that doing nothing about climate change violates human rights, while other cases have sought to get companies to stop deceptive greenwashing campaigns, pay for climate adaptation and make legally binding commitments to reduce carbon emissions.

In this episode of The Stream, we take a look at how the courts are being used to advance climate action.

In this episode of The Stream we speak with:
Nikki Trip, @ciel_tweets
Director of the Climate & Energy Program, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

Astrid Puentes, @astridpuentes
Independent advisor on climate change and human rights

Delta Merner, @UCSUSA
Chief Scientist, Science Hub for Climate Litigation

Merry C. Vega is a highly respected and accomplished news author. She began her career as a journalist, covering local news for a small-town newspaper. She quickly gained a reputation for her thorough reporting and ability to uncover the truth.

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